Radical Feminism is Afoot at an Elite University, but You Can Catch a TERFer by the Toe – RedState

Radical Feminism is Afoot at an Elite University, but You Can Catch a TERFer by the Toe – RedState

Halloween’s the perfect time for a witch hunt, and the good people at the University of Cambridge have the holiday spirit — allegedly.

The elite UK school’s student union has released a handy handbook, How to Spot TERF Ideology.

If you’re unaware, the acronym stands for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist.”

Said fake-grass-sounding zealots doubt a person with testicles might be a lady.

Per the text, such a thing’s solely for the fanatical fringe.

In fact:

Trans liberation is part of feminism.

And folks with phobias — psychological disorders of irrational fear — can kick sand:

Fighting for autonomy and freedom must be a fight for everyone, and there should be no room for transphobia or TERFs in feminist organizing.

The student union’s not only standing against strident scrotum discrimination; it’s offering information on how to detect those transphobic nuts and crush ’em:

We are committed to not only a trans inclusive but a trans liberatory feminism. This guide helps people understand what TERFs are and what makes “TERF-ism” a distinct subcategory of transphobia, how to spot TERF ideology, how to deal with it, and how to make spaces trans inclusive.

The wording harkens back a bit to this:

So how will students shatter chivalrous feminist suppression?

First, one must understand the malady:

TERF ideology is a specific form of transphobia. … TERFs define misogyny as sex-based oppression, which results from being “biologically female” (a term they define flexibly, but can often be taken to mean people who are assigned female at birth).

The student union labels such a “narrow” view as “reductive.”

And if you — like Dave Chappelle — are “Team TERF,” you may also be a colonialist:

[TERFS] overlook the way that gender and sex are both systems of power that interact with other systems of power and oppression, such as racism, ableism, and colonialism.

But if you’re enlightened, here’s how to find the phobes:

  • TERFs often self-refer as “gender critical” or “adult human female”
  • They refer to believing in “sex-based rights”, “LGB rights”, and “protecting women and girls”
  • They refer to trans people as “TRAs” (Trans Rights Activists), “the trans lobby”, “the trans debate”, and to trans women as “TIMs” (Trans Identified Males)
They typically dislike the term cis(gender), and may say “I don’t have a gender identity” or “I don’t have pronouns”
  • TERFs will refer to issue of trans people in bathrooms or changing rooms as being about “predators” and co-opt the language of sexual violence to refer to trans people existing in public spaces
  • Their narratives represent transmasculine people as confused, redeemable, and often as children and teenagers “corrupted” by the “trans lobby”, and transfeminine people as predatory, aggressive, and the ones doing the corrupting.
  • The manual discourages readers from arguing with TERFs online. If you know the person, message them privately.

As for dealing with TERFs in person, stay safe from seduction:

[T]he unique danger of TERF rhetoric is that it is styled to sound like feminism.

Step one in convincing them to compute their fluke:

[T]ry and figure out where they got [the idea] from. Did they hear it from a friend, or read a news article? If they’ve read something. and it’s the first thing they’ve heard about trans people or the first time they’ve taken an interest, it may be relatively easy to inform them about where they’re going wrong, and why what they’re backing is harmful.

But what if, in committing themselves to whatever wayward things they hear, they’ve caught wind of nefarious notions from a person they “trust and care about”?

The Cambridge crew suggests you “talk through what the endpoint of their ideology is.”

And if it’s especially Code Red (state), pull out the big guns:

[I]t may…be worth bringing up that TERFs (particularly the famous ones who figurehead the movement) spend a lot of time working with the far-right.

“Trans liberation,” the manual maintains, “is feminism we should all be doing.”

Because we’re not just fighting sexism:

Many feminist spaces that are hostile to trans people are also racist and ableist. Feminist work needs to be anti-racist and accessible.

So there you are; time to do the work.

TERFism is roamin’ ’round, but those in the virtuous vanguard are vigilant.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s seen herself singed by suggesting females have fallopian tubes (see the saga here, here, here, here, and here).

And The Handmaid’s Tale creator Margaret Atwood was recently reamed.

But Cambridge is on top of it — as well as a plethora of other social ills.

Below the TERF guide is a link to the student union’s Statement on Anti-Asian Hate and Violence.

CliffsNotes version: They’re against it.

And the front page of the University’s site offers an article about climate change: As it turns out, “Europeans want climate action but show little appetite for (a) radical lifestyle change.”

It’s a robust reminder: Some forms of extremism are exemplary while others are downright dastardly.

If you wanna be a radical, ride a unicycle.

But don’t fancy yourself a fundamentalist — the Cambridge kids implore — in a way that’s prejudice against prostates.

Save the world, and by all means, go green — but not in a TERF sort of way.

However — as noted by The Telegraph — Philosophy of Religion Professor James Orr is less than impressed with the student union’s instruction. He’s condemned it as “a witch-finder’s charter.”

Using that analogy, understand what’s at stake.

After all, we know what happens where TERF is concerned: People get burned.



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